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Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two lakes,” consists of the 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin and the famous round tower, standing 112 feet high with a base measuring 52 feet in circumference. Visitors: There is a car park at the Visitor Centre. It is recommended to see the informational video at the Visitor Centre before starting your explorations.
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

This was our first stop on our roadtrip around south-west Ireland, and it is so much more than the monastic ruins! We had anticipated an hour stop, but spent almost the whole day here! It is wondrous and magical, the ruins and cemetry are a photographers dream, and once you start walking, the landscape scenery is breathtaking, and changes as you turn here and turn there. The lush forest, running cascades, green pastures, yellow bog lands, majestic calm lakes and rolling hills against a rocky barren backdrop. Absolutely stunning! A must see (but ensure a full battery and lots of memory for the camera).

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“Beautiful relaxing way to spend a morning”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

We drove up to Glendalough from Powerscourt. It was a beautiful drive although the roads are really narrow. The site is fantastic, there is a river and walking paths and a field of sheep. The most magnificent views though are the church ruins and the graveyard. I took some amazing photos and we had a wonderful lunch. It was peaceful and exactly what we were hoping to see

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Douglas, Cork
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“Lovely countryside”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

We went to Glendalough as part of a Bus Eireann tour. It was lovely. We had over two hours to go around the area, not enough to explore, but to get a flavour of Glendalough. A guide from the OPW brought us around the grounds. She showed us the most important things on the grounds. Would definitely recommend to go again and have more time to see the lakes and all the Monastic ruins.

There is a hotel and a lovely prayer centre so these are worth a visit too!

Visited June 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
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“St Kevin's Monastery - Photographer's Paradise”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

I had no idea what to expect except for a couple little photos in the guide book - but wow what a stunning location and gorgeous backdrop! We didn't have time to hike to the 2 lakes (Glen-Da-Lough = 2 Lakes) which I heard was fantastic, but the 1000 monastery ruins and the old graveyard with the ancient celtic headstones and the tower were made especially photogenic by the rich green forest backdrop, and the blooming rhododendrons. The hotel at the entrance means that you can have lunch or tea, with a view of the little river - very convenient.

Visited June 2012
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Minehead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

A very atmospheric place to visit.So relaxing. Great walks,to suit all abiitys.Well preserved monastic buildings.If you are driving to Glendalough we found it well signposted and very easy to find. Enjoyed a coffee and a light snack in the nearby hotel.Check out the nearby mini-market it's so wonderfully out of place in this idyllic setting.

Visited May 2012
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